The 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series Heads to London, Barcelona and Milan

Posted 20 hours, 3 minutes ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

For the first time ever, the Red Hook Crit comes to the spectacular waterfront circuit at the iconic Greenwich Peninsula for the inaugural London race on July 11th. The second leg of this year's global Championship Series, the top finishers from last month's thrilling race at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will now fight it out with other hopeful competitors across Europe - starting with the July race in London, before stops in Barcelona on September 5th and Milan on October 10th.


Course design draws inspiration from Formula 1 and is fine-tuned for a fast and exciting bike race.

One of the most visually spectacular, spectator friendly and exciting cycling races around, The Red Hook Crit's racing format, course designs, and international venues are inspired by Formula 1 motorsport and produce intense competition and passionate athletes who compete ferociously in both individual races and throughout the overall championship series.


The Brooklyn No. 8 Podium Ceremony. Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist winner Chaz Christiansen doing his best Lady Liberty impression with trophy in hand on the left. Photo Cred: State Bicycle.

The Red Hook Crit first expanded into a year-long international racing series in 2013 with races in Red Hook, the Brooklyn Navy Yards, Barcelona and Milan – each venue selected as prime locations to replicate the aesthetics and culture of the original Red Hook race. The addition of London this year makes the Red Hook Crit the only track bike racing series with stops in New York City and London, and firmly establishes it as a truly international racing series.


The course in Parc del Forum Barcelona overlooks the Balearic Sea and is dotted with large architectural landmarks, similar to Red Hook’s view of the Hudson River and iconic Statue of Liberty. Photo Cred: Jack Chevell

The Championship Series is a continual points series where the top 25 finishers accumulate points over the course of four races. Points count towards both individual and team series standings, and additional points are awarded for winning primes; the first-lap prime is awarded to the first to cross the finish after the first lap, and the mid-race prime is the first to cross the finish at the halfway point of the race. 


Mid-Race Prime winner Thiabaud Lhenry leads First Lap Prime winner Mario Paz Duque at Brooklyn No. 8. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

The first race of the 2015 Championship Series in Red Hook, Brooklyn on April 25th, saw a fast, talented and immensely competitive field battle through an incredibly exciting start to the series.

For the women’s criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who famously won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, surprised the field by qualifying in pole position with a time of 1:42 (26.97 mph average speed). Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, last year’s RHC Women’s Series winner, raced very aggressively from the gun, taking the first and mid-race primes. At the end of the night, with an average speed of 23.98 mph, the race came down to a field sprint and Lloyd placed third behind Fleur Faure, with Arteaga taking the win and positioning herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. The top 5 women at Brooklyn are all known names to the RHC, but we think there might be a few more European competitors who manage to surprise the women in London and beyond.


Kacey Manderfiled Lloyd and Ash Duban chasing down Ainara Elbusto Arteaga. Photo Cred: Jason Sellers

For the men’s race, reigning champion Thibaud Lhenry lined up in pole position, though it was his Team Cinelli Chrome teammate Stefan Vis who qualified fastest with a 1:27.821 (31.26 mph average speed). Vis was unable to start due to a crash in qualifying. From the gun, Mario Paz Duque and Thibaud Lhenry battled at the front, earning the first-lap prime and mid-race prime respectively. With three laps to go, the race was transformed when Nicholas Varani crashed in turn 10 while sitting third wheel, taking out the lead group including two of his teammates and many pre-race favorites.  With this reshuffling of the field, it was Ivan Ravaioli who made his appearance at the front and he never let the pressure off. In the finishing sprint, challengers Raul Torres Pagaza and Luis Junquera began to reel in Ravaioli. Ravaioli held them off by a wheel claiming his first Red Hook Crit title in front of thousands of screaming fans, setting an average speed of 27.19 mph over the 30 kilometer course. 


An infrared finish line photo showing Ivan Ravaioli in first, followed by Luis Junquera, Raul Torres and William Guzman.

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 also saw the emergence of many new names in the ferociously competitive field, with many surprisingly young riders finishing in the top 10. Will these young guns still hold their own through the rest of the series? Will they out-pedal many of the seasoned veterans and pre-race favorites who crashed? 


Ivan Ravaioli speeds through the race changing pile-up in the final corner with three laps to go.

As excitement mounts for the next stop in London, it is far too early to discount both seasoned favorites and up-and-comers who are all in-the-hunt for series points and glory. Be sure to follow the Red Hook Crit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Individual Standings: Men's | Women's
Team Standings: Men's | Women's


Previously:
Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

The 8th annual Red Hook Crit at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal featured some of the finest racing in the history of the series, as experienced athletes and ambitious newcomers all fought for a place on the podium at the kickoff event for the 2015 Championship Series. 

 
Ivan Ravaioli celebrates his dramatic win in the Men’s Criterium at this weekend’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series opener at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Victory in the men’s criterium was earned in breathtaking fashion by one of the favorites, Ivan Ravaioli of Italy. While a relative newcomer to the Crit, Ravaioli came to the start line with an impressive racing pedigree, which includes being a World Tour rider as well as starts in classics such as the Milan - SanRemo and a grand tour start at the Giro d’Italia. He displayed his strength and ability in his debut at Milan last year and bested Luis Junquera of Spain by a mere wheel length after an impressive attack in the final sprint to the finish. The race was transformed with three laps to go when a crash took out the first prime winner Mario Paz Duque, top antagonist winner Chas Christiansen and many other pre-race favorites.

 
This year’s top finishers gather on the podium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Mexico’s newcomer, Raul Torres, finished in a close 3rd. Professional mountain bike racer and 2014 Series ChampionThibaud Lhenry, earned pole position after fastest qualifier and previous Red Hook Crit winner Stefan Vis crashed out with a broken collar bone. Lhenry earned a sixth place finish after an incredibly strong race. The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist from the men’s field was taken by San Francisco native Chas Christiansen representing Mash SF.

 
Ivan Ravaioli beating out Luis Junquera by a wheel length at the finish line.

 
Team Cinelli Chrome’s Alfred Bobe Jr. during the afternoon’s qualifying session. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

For the Women’s Criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who most notably won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, qualified in pole position and placed third behind Fleur Faure and winner Ainara Elbusto Artega. With the win, Artega positioned herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. She also won the 2014 women’s series after sweeping both primes and taking the win at Barcelona, and securing a prime before taking 2nd in Milan last year. She is also a UCI World Cup contender and multi-time podium finisher at the Spanish National Championships. Her constant attacks on the front, and phenomenal strength earned her the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist in addition to the win.

 
Artega crosses the finish against the backdrop of the winner’s podium and the Statue of Liberty. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Turn seven of the women’s criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Congratulations are in order to all the athletes who competed in the day’s events, including Eliud Ngetich, who won the 5k race with a blazing 14:21. Also, a huge thank you to all the Red Hook Crit staff who work tirelessly to make these events happen, as well as the Red Hook Crit volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.

 
Men’s qualifying group 1 on the starting grid. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Distance runner Eliud ‘Heldy’ Ngetich sets a blistering pace in the 5k race that preceded the finals for the Women’s and Men’s Criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]


Previously:
Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Posted on April 20 2015, 12:25pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

This Saturday marks the return of the Red Hook Criterium, the world's premier track bike criterium and Rockstar Games is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor. 

From its roots in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the race has exploded within the cycling community and sports world. What sets the Red Hook Crit apart from traditional road and track bike racing is the unique format: athletes sprint through a short 1.25km “Formula 1 style” racing circuit riding brakeless, fixed-gear track bikes, traditionally raced in an oval-shaped velodrome. Cyclists must navigate hairpin turns, winding chicanes, and each other over the course of 24 laps in an attempt to be the first across the finish. 

Here is the full schedule of events:

SATURDAY, April 25 (times subject to change)

Qualifying: 12:00pm – 3:50pm
Last Chance Race: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
5K: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Women’s Criterium: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Men’s Criterium: 9:00pm – 9:45pm 
Podium Ceremony: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist returns for both the men’s race and women’s race, awarded to the athlete who without consideration for their final position, most affects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, determination, and sheer strength.  

For those of you in the NY area, admission is free for the full day of events. We hope to see you down there!

For more details, visit redhookcrit.com or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Congrats to Eduard Grosu and Ash Duban, Winners of the Red Hook Crit Milano Race and 2014 Series Champions Thibaud Lhenry and Ainara Elbusto Artega

Posted on October 13 2014, 3:17pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

 
Race and series winners gather on the podium to share a well-deserved drink as the 2015 Red Hook Criterium Championship Series draws to a close. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

The rain in Milan held out just long enough for the winners to celebrate on the podium, as Eduard Grosu of Romania won the final stage of this year’s men’s Red Hook Criterium and France’s Thibaud Lhenry took the series championship after finishing in 16th place on the day. Ash Duban from Austin, Texas took the gold in the women’s race followed by Barcelona winner and this year’s women’s champion Ainara Elbusto Artega from Spain.


Cycling icon Luciano Berruti lines up with the athletes before taking them out on the lead out lap – a tradition of the RHC Milano race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

Grosu rode to victory in the men's race at Milano for the second straight year, and was followed by former pro and RHC newcomer Ivan Ravaioli and Barcelona winner Julio Padilla, finishing second and third respectively. In the women’s race, Fleur Faure captured third behind Duban and Artega. Congratulations also go out to team series winners Iride-Demode Sc for Men’s and Desgena for Women’s. And special shout out to Team Cinelli Chrome for taking second place in the Men’s team points series - Cinelli is a truly passionate co-sponsor and their team's riding abilities are elite.


Race winner Eduard Grosu taking one of the fastest corners of the circuit. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

With a course designed for speed, the race was incredibly fast. With a pace clocking in at around 30mph, the field stretched out into a long, snaking chain of 95 competitors. Pole position was fiercely contested by the likes of series veteran Evan Murphy, Ravaioli and Padilla. Not far behind was Diego Yepez from Mexico, whose constant attacks on the front kept a fire lit under the race winners to keep their spots, and earned him the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist.


Ash Duban shouts in celebration as she crosses the line to take first place in the women's race. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

As the cycling season draws to an end, it has been amazing to watch just how much the Red Hook Crit has grown once again this year. With thousands of spectators attending the races rain-or-shine in New York, Barcelona and Milan, plus increased coverage from major sports and news outlets, we cannot wait to see what the 2015 series will bring. Be sure to keep up with the Red Hook Crit on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, plus keep an eye on the Rockstar Warehouse for official Red Hook Crit Rockstar gear coming soon.


Diego Yepez is all smiles as he joins the race winners to collect the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo by Francesco Rachello.

Previously:
The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The Red Hook Crit Championship Series Finale Heads to Milan

Posted on October 7 2014, 12:30pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Following the intense competition from Barcelona, the Red Hook Crit Championship Series heads to its final stop in Milan this Saturday. The championship standings for both the Men’s and Women’s series are up for grabs. In each case, the top 15 leaders in the series standings are mathematically viable for the top three positions. 

2014 has been an amazing growth year for the Red Hook Crit – with more fans, competitors and events than ever before, each stop of the Championship Series has become an electric event: from the epic downpours of the Brooklyn opener, to the high-speed action at Barcelona. Milan continues this year’s growth with the addition of the Women’s criterium, which we’ve happily seen hit every stop of the series this year. 

Milan will also feature the Last Chance Race: once the afternoon’s qualifying rounds and the men’s criterium competitors have been placed, a small group of top qualifiers who didn’t make it into the final criterium are given one last chance to race head-to-head and earn a spot in the final.

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist will once again be presented on the podium, awarded to the rider, who without consideration for their final position, most effects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, aggressiveness, and sheer strength. 

Best of luck to all the competitors. For anyone in Milan, this race is free to attend and is surely not to be missed. To follow the live race action, check out the official Red Hook Crit App for iOS and Android and for more information, visit the official website, or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr


Previously:
A New Champion Emerges for the Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona No°2

Rest in Peace, Yeardley Diamond

Posted on September 3 2014, 2:38pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Rockstar

It has come to our attention that a cherished and very talented member of the GTA community has tragically passed away. Fernando Agapito Jr. aka Yeardley Diamond was a YouTube creator who worked wonders with GTAIV PC to create some of the most memorable and beloved original machinima videos in the history of Grand Theft Auto fan videos. Many of you may fondly recall such classic videos of his as “Harlem Shake on Rockstar Games”, “Niko’s Yoga”, “Niko’s Dramatic Reaction” (to GTAV), “GTAIV Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman”.

Since Fernando’s brother Francis confirmed the news of his untimely passing on Facebook yesterday, outpourings of grief and eulogies have been shared at GTAForums, on Reddit, and by GTA fans across social media.

We at Rockstar Games send our sincerest condolences to the Agapito family, and all of Fernando’s friends and fellow fans. Rest in peace, Yeardley Diamond.

 

A New Champion Emerges for the Win at Red Hook Crit Barcelona No°2

Posted on September 3 2014, 11:55am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar


Julio Padilla crossing the finish line. Photo credit: Father Tu

The second race in the Red Hook Crit 2014 series took place on Saturday at the spectacular waterfront venue, Parc Del Forum in Barcelona Spain. With record attendance and before an absolutely electrified crowd, the Barcelona No. 2 was taken by a new athlete that no one saw coming. 21 year old Guatemalan cycling prodigy, Julio Padilla, countered his teammate perfectly to pull away from the lead field with only a few laps remaining, crossing the finish line with his arms raised high while the chase pack followed merely a few wheels behind.


Armand Paul Kabarec sprinting in the afternoon qualifying. Photo cred: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

His teammate and winner of the Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award, Eduardo Colon, earned the inaugural prize by paving the way for Padilla in a long solo break that at moments placed him a full eleven seconds ahead of the field and before a crowd of over 5,000 roaring spectators. Positioning in the chase pack was fiercely contested by Brooklyn’s winner Thibaud Lhenry, second place finisher Augusto Reati, and other race favorites Kyle Murphy, Mario Paz Duque and Nicholas Varani, as riders fought to catch up to Colon’s blistering pace.


Eduardo Colon takes the inaugural Rockstar Games Top Antagonist Award. Photo credit: Father Tu


Ainara Elbusto Arteaga breaks away from the pack.

The women’s criterium was taken by Ainara Elbusto Arteaga, followed by Fleur Faure in second. For the first time in Red Hook Crit history, siblings took the podium with Reati’s sister, Vittoria Reati taking third place. Congratulations are also in order to the women’s 5k winner, Txell Calduch Prat and the men’s 5k winner Otmane Btaim, who finished with a scorching 14:44. Hats off to the top ten finishers of the inaugural Last Chance Race, giving riders whose qualifying times did not position them in the final criterium a final do-or-die last chance race to earn a slot. 


Riders navigate the chicane. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian


Race winner Julio Padilla sprinting in the final laps. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

The championship series points standings are closer than ever going into the final stop on October 11th in Red Hook Crit’s fifth visit to Milano, Italy. For full standings, race information and updates, visit the official Red Hook Crit channels at redhookcrit.com, facebook.com/redhookcrit, and instagram.com/redhookcrit.


Winner Julio Padilla with a commanding lead. Photo credit: Francesco Rachello / Eloise Mavian

 


Previously:
The Red Hook Criterium Barcelona No°2 this Saturday, August 30th
Fearless Athletes Defy the Elements at Red Hook Crit No. 7
Red Hook Crit at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
The 2014 Red Hook Criterium Championship Cycling Series

The Rockstar Warehouse End of Summer Sale

Posted on August 28 2014, 4:00pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

Starting today, and running through Monday, September 8th, your reliable suppliers at the Rockstar Warehouse are offering you 25% off of your favorite Apparel and Collectibles from some of our most popular games.

Rock a bit of the old school with a tee from the Red Dead Redemption Frontier Collection, or raid our Posters section to wallpaper your bedroom on the cheap with vintage snipes available from Manhunt, Red Dead Revolver, and the original Max Payne.

Get ready for the end of summer holidays now, and stock up for the fall with some Original Soundtrack CDs, Caps, Kubrick Box Sets and a whole lot more.

This offer is valid on rockstarwarehouse.com only. Offer does not include any games or GTAV gear or collectibles. Offer does not apply to previous purchases, credits, or gift cards. Discount applied before shipping and taxes are added (if any). Offer valid through Monday, September 8th, 2014, 11:59pm ET. ET is local time in New York City, USA. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. Details of offer are subject to change and may be canceled without notice.

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